Victory—U.S. Horse Slaughter Rejected by U.S. House Committee!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 3:30pm

Horse lovers across America can celebrate a big victory. The U.S. House Appropriations Committee just approved an amendment that will prevent taxpayer dollars from being used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect U.S. horse slaughter facilities. By blocking this federal funding, the House has taken its first step to ensure that horse slaughter facilities cannot legally operate on U.S. soil. We will need your help to ensure this provision gets through the whole House and the Senate, so stay tuned for upcoming advocacy alerts.

While our current Congress has prided itself on reducing government spending, last year's agriculture funding bill actually omitted this provision—opening the U.S. market to the horse slaughter industry.

"Using taxpayer dollars to fund this abhorrent industry is a wildly unpopular decision," says Nancy Perry, ASPCA Senior Vice President of Government Relations. "At a time when funding for many vital programs is being cut, it is imperative that Congress not use $5 million of taxpayers' money to fund horse slaughter, a cruel practice that benefits only foreign interests."

Take Action!
Rep. Moran’s amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill protects American communities from the devastating environmental and economic impact of horse slaughter facilities, but the bill still has to pass the full House of Representatives. The House will vote on the bill on Tuesday, June 26. Please contact your U.S. representative today and urge him or her to pass the bill with the Moran Amendment intact and reject any attempts to fund horse slaughter during fiscal year 2013!



Please, help stop the horse slaughter. Help people realize that these animals are what made this country a country!

Carol Elgert

I don't understand why horses are killed at all; please provide more details for people like me who are in the dark on this.


Horse slaughter si very irrelevant to our lifestyle in the U.S, we don't eat the meat, only send it to European countries to eat it. We have used horse meat in dog food and their hooves in glue. It is honestly a very irrelevant and stupid process to happen in America.


Horse meat is considered a delicacy in European countries and that is why horses are shipped by the thousands to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. There is $$ to be made in selling horse meat. It is a major meat in only a few countries, notably in Central Asia, but it forms a significant part of the culinary traditions of many others, from Europe to South America to Asia. The top eight countries consume about 4.7 million horses a year. In the early times horses were eaten by man for protein, but later on they became a "work" animal for man being his major form of transportation, then later horses were given the "pet" status in the U.S., hence, with thee horse's history people in the U.S. are disgusted that this magnificent animal should be slaughtered for meat. We need to make sure slaughtering of horses is outlawed in the U.S, more importantly we need to outlaw the selling of horses to anyone that is going to take them to Mexico or Canada for slaughter. Very complicated, not sure how this can be done, but it can be done. The animals suffer a horrific death and their travel to these locations is nothing short of terrifying and dangerous. We all need to make it known it has to stop. It's all about greed $$ and the people involved could care less about the emotional or physical well being of the animal.


I hope ya'll understand something. Without the funding for inspections, that means instead of animals being put down or euthanized humanely, they will be mistreated however someone see's fit. I am a horse owner and lover and would never want something to happen to my animals. But I do feel that this is something that the U.s. can help with the wonderful budget our president has placed us in. I doubt very seriously ya'll even have an idea what a plant would do to open up jobs for people who need to work. If your going to keep the slaughter houses opened, why not go after Tyson Chicken for how they handle and process chicken. Or as to how cattle are abused by being closely confined and immunized with over 90% of antibiotics and steroids that humans are injected with DAILY?? I know that we love horses, and animals in general. But I would rather them be put down and humanely treated than to have them beaten and left to starve and have their eyes busted out by drunks and cruel people. This is a border line between humanity and animal cruelty. What would you do about abortion? Ask congress to get rid of it? All of these things have gone on for years. And there has not been a problem before. Why is there now?

Elyse Evans

I see your point, and believe me I greive for the astronomical number of neglected horses. The problem with your comment is that horses are not the same type of animal as a cow or sheep or pig, for them slaughter plants are terrifying. Horses are NOT "put down and humanely treated" in these plants. To your other point, I agree, we SHOULD go after Tyson Chicken for the way their chicken is raised, handled, and eventually processed. We SHOULD change the way cattle is raised and beef is processed. But as for horses, I think it is about making a stand and saying, in this country we don't eat horse.


we do not eat horse... but it could be an export to us. and if people are going to complain about exporting it, why not send the horse meat to the zoo? horse meat would actually be good for the carnivores; the st. louis zoo had a nutritionist come to my university and speak and she actually mentioned that they are considering switching to horse meat given they find a provider for a prize the zoo can afford. would you rather see Animal Cops episodes filled with horses that have been abused and neglected, unable to stand due to hunger, or would you rather know that unwanted horses are slaughtered to benefit other animals who are being taken care of?

Debbie Wiliams

Horses are already humanely euthanized by veterinarians in the US and many of those animals are donated to zoos and large animal sanctuaries but it is up to the owner to decide what becomes of their horse. Many horse rescues do the same. The horses sent to slaughter houses are not sent there for animal consumption because there is no money in it. Slaughter plant owners sell that horse meat to whoever pays the highest price in the market like Japan and some countries in Europe.

Deb Dahlberg

Have YOU ever SEEN a euthanization? I have seen them gone wrong and its far from Humanely as you say! Are you aware of the poisons put into the body--it is NOT fit for other animals to eat. Our vet will NOT euthe one unless the hole is dug as birds will carry parts away and droppings and death follows for the innocent birds and whatever picks up the droppings. I STRUGGLE with "what people read and believe as truth" There are TWO spectrums to this topic and WE "LIVE" horses and cattle.........just TELL me what to do with all of the unwanted,,,mean,,,,,ill bred,,,,,,,crippled horses? IF you look at populated areas there is NO place to bury them.....they are being turned loose to fend for themselves.......animals that have NO idea as to how to do THAT. The wolves are now an endagered species and are fed well--and you want humane? Live it....then you have the right to tlak aobut it!

Carol Stef

Even the worst scenario of a euth gone wrong pales in comparison to what horses go through when sent to slaughter. A bullet to the head is what is done for remains donation. Most of the drugs nearly all horses receive in the US are toxic to humans, both here and abroad in case you think it's OK to send it out of the country. As far as what to do with the unwanted-mean-ill bred-crippled, how about OWNER RESPONSIBILTY??? People who turn loose their animals should be prosecuted. The slaughter houses were no more humane here in the US then they are elsewhere, let's reward the overbreeders and give them a few bucks for the lives of the unlucky so they can keep breeding! Better yet if you LIVE cattle and horses you must have land, donate some of your land to build a slaughter house. Hope you can sleep at night after its built with all the savory characters that will actually work there.